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tonight, breaking news. the fallout. donald trump under fire after saying american generals have been reduced to rubble. and trump talking about what's supposed to be his top secret security briefings. hillary clinton taking heat, saying no more ground troops in iraq and syria. but tonight, she is now fund-raising over what her team believes was an unfair forum. the deadly school shooting. a 14-year-old opening fire. the race to get students out, just days into the new school year. the warning tonight. the battery in a new smartphone igniting. the entire suv up in flames. the stunning escape. this murder suspect breaking free from inside this interrogation room. and you'll see it. and america strong tonight. the football players and the cheerleader who won the game
good evening. and we begin tonight with the growing firestorm over the forum. the commander in chief test. donald trump and hillary clinton both under fire. trump's words about american generals, clinton's promise, no ground troops ever again in iraq. and tonight here, straight to the new polls. take a look at the key battleground states. clinton with a very slight lead in pennsylvania. trum and in florida tonight, they are both tied. all of the polls within the margin of error. this race is suddenly a dead heat. and both candidates facing heat. we begin with what donald trump said about the generals, and abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: campaigning in ohio today, donald trump blasted hillary clinton's performance in that national security forum. >> she's got to get her act together. >> reporter: but trump is now facing blowback over his
leadership. >> the generals have been reduced to rubble. they have been reduced to a point where it's embarrassing for our country. >> reporter: he even suggested he'd fire the top brass. >> well, there probably would be different generals, to be honest with you. >> reporter: but there are only so many generals. they come up through the ranks, serving presidents of both parties. then, there's what he said about his first classified national security briefing. >> and i was very, very surprised. in almost every instance, and i cod tell, with the body language, i could tell, they were not happy. our leaders did not follow what they were recommending. >> reporter: candidates are expected to say nothing about what is, by definition, a confidential briefing. >> i think what he said was totally inappropriate and undisciplined. >> reporter: trump also doubled down on the debunked claim that he opposed the iraq war. >> i happened to hear hillary clinton say that i was not against the war in iraq. i was totally against the war in
magazine from '04. you can look at before that. >> reporter: but 2004 was a year after the war started. tonight, the clinton campaign fired off this e-mail. "donald trump kicked off his evening by lying about his position on the iraq war. and no one stopped to call him on it." there is only one known definitive statement from trump before the war, and in it, he says he's in favor. >> are you for invading iraq? >> yeah, i guess so, you know, i wish it was -- i wish the first time it was done correctly. >> reporter: at the forum, trump was also pressed about his plan for defeating isis. for more than a year, he has said he has one. >> there is a method of defeating them quickly and effectively and having total victory. i don't want the enemy to know what i'm going to do. all i can tell you is that it is a foolproof way of winning. >> reporter: but recently, he said he'd ask his generals to
someone else for their plan? >> no. but when i do come up with a plan that i like and that perhaps agrees with mine, or maybe doesn't, i may love what the generals come back with. >> but you have your own plan? >> i have a plan. if i win, i don't want to broadcast to the enemy exactly what my plan is. >> reporter: and finally, trump raised eyebrows by again praising russian leader vladimir putin. >> if he says great things about me, i'm going to say great things about him. he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a >> and jonathan karl with us live tonight. jon, trump not only standing by his praise of putin, but citing putin's poll numbers in russia? >> reporter: well, you know that donald trump loves to talk about polls, and he said that putin has an 82% approval rating in russia. what he didn't mention is that putin is essentially a dictator who maintains near total control over russian mass media and is known to crack down on russians who dare to challenge him. david? >> jon karl leading us off tonight. jon, thanks. there was someone else
chief forum. the commander in chief. president obama saying trump must be challenged when he said us, quote, uninformed or outright wky ideas. and tonight, hillary clinton's team is now fund-raising off of what they believe was an unfair forum. but clinton is facing tough questions over some of what she said, too. and a major development involving former secretary of state colin powell. he did advise clinton on private e-mail after all. here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: in north carolina today, hillary clinton ripped into donald trump for lavishing praise on vladimir putin. >> even taking the astonishing step of suggesting he prefers the russian president to our american president. that is not just unpatriotic,
dangerous. >> reporter: in that room full of veterans, she painted herself as the only one in the race who has what it takes to be commander in chief. >> steadiness. an absolute rock steadiness. and mixed with strength, to be able to make the hard decisions. >> reporter: but now, clinton is taking heat for this statement. >> we are not putting ground troops into iraq ever again and we're not putting ground troops into syria. we're going to defeat isis without committing american ground troops. >> reporter: there already are american troops on the ground in both countries. today, clinton clarifying. >> i think putting a big contingent of american ground troops on the ground in iraq and syria would not be in the best interest of the fight against isis and other terroristroups. >> reporter: one issue that will not go away?
time that she was on that stage answering questions about them. and she insisted she was careful handling classified material. >> i took it very seriously. when i traveled, i went into one of those little tents that i'm sure you've seen around the world, because we didn't want there to be any potential for someone to have embedded a camera to try to see whatever it is that i was seeing that was as classified. >> reporter: but now, new insight into her e-mail use, and the advice she received from one of her predecessors. in an e-mail, former secretary of state colin powell, a republican, told clinton he, too, used, quote, a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line to communicate with a wide range of friends directly, without it going through the state department's servers. powell said he even used it to
folks in the state department on their personal e-mail accounts. >> and cecilia vega with us live from charlotte. and cecilia, hillary clinton also seemed to fire back today when asked about criticism she didn't smile enough last night. >> reporter: well, david, the head of the rnc tweeted that she seemed angry and on the defensive and that she didn't smile enough. well, she was smiling today when she says she doesn't take anything that the rnc says seriously. she said, quote, trump chose to talk about his deep admiration and support for vladimir putin. maybe he did it with a smile, and i guess the rnc woul david? >> cecilia vega, always great to have you. there are also two other much lesser known candidates in the race for president, and one of them today was asked, what would you do about aleppo? of course, the center of so much bloodshed and heartbreak in syria. he asked, what is aleppo? here's martha raddatz with the moment. >> reporter: the stunning moment playing out on live tv. libertarian presidential
not by a gotcha question but a basic foreign policy question in the headlines for months. >> what would you do, if you were elected, about aleppo? >> about? >> aleppo. >> and what is aleppo? >> you're kidding. >> no. >> aleppo is in syria. it's the epicenter of the refugee crisis. >> okay. got it. got it. >> reporter: aleppo, the largest city in war-torn syria. just two days ago, these images from aleppo broadcast around the world. more than 100 people, including dozens of children, sickened by a chlorine gas attack. just last month, this picture became an international call to action. 5-year-old omran daqneesh, pulled from the rubble of his bombed out aleppo home. minutes after his interview
quote, blanked. >> no one is taking this more seriously than me. i feel horrible. >> what do you think will happen now? >> well, that i have to get smarter. and that's just part of the process. >> reporter: but later, on abc's "the view," johnson taken to task. >> i know what it is, and i should not be any smarter than you, because you're running for president. i think it's a disqualifying statement, frankly. >> fair enough. fair enough. >> all right, let's get right to martha tonight. did he have any sort of explanation, why he didn't know what aleppo was or where it was? >> reporter: david, he said he was thinking in terms of acronyms, that aleppo was an acronym for something, but he also said, there was really no excuse whatsoever for his failure, and he added that, if yoare running for president, everything should be fair game. so, there you have it, david. >> all right, martha raddatz with us again tonight. thank you. next, to a deadly school shooting in texas. the school put on lockdown, students hiding in fear and teachers frantic to keep
here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: it started when police say a 14-year-old freshman girl pulled a gun at this alpine, texas, high school and shot another female student. the school, immediately put on lockdown. >> the teacher quickly shut off the lights and we all pressed against the wall and stayed silent. girls started crying, it was just a mess. >> reporter: police got there fast, but say the shooter had already killed herself. officials say she seemed to be a alpine about six months ago. >> this is alpine. it's a peaceful place to live and come and, you know, that's the hard part about it. >> reporter: the victim ran outside and was rushed to a hospital. when it was over, students were overcome with emotion. active shooter training is part of every day life for cops nationwide. this drill in douglas county, colorado. trying to figure out the best way to go in and meet the threat head-on. officers used to wait for a s.w.a.t. team's help, but now, they quickly take the fight to the shooter.
>> reporter: david, investigators are still trying to figure out a motive for the shooting. as for the victim, she's already been released from the hospital. david? >> clayton, thank you. we turn next here to severe weather across the country tonight. that tropical system that caused flash floods in arizona. whipping up this funnel cloud, as well. and tonight, millions are now under heat advisories in the east. school closings in ohio and pennsylvania. record heat possible from d.c. up through philly, new york and boston. so, meteorologist rob marciano, tracking it all for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. for september, this is pretty extreme heat. records falling today in baltimore, it was 96. in d.c., 98. of course, the humidity adds to that. take a look at what it feels like right now. near 100 in philadelphia and also in d.c. tomorrow, we expect more records to fall, into the 90s from virginia all the way up i-95, into boston. slow-moving cold front firing up storms night in through springfield and up through
the drought, but to cool things off. some schools in the northeast don't have air conditioning, so, we might have more closings tomorrow. david? >> rob marciano, thanks. next tonight, to the zika crisis right here in the u.s., and troubling new numbers from florida, where 80 pregnant women have now tested positive for the virus. all travel-related. and a baby with zika-related microcephaly has been morn in a miami hospital. in miami beach, aerial spraying of pesticide has been delayed until tomorrow, after residents raised concerns about the safety of the spraying. but one official tonight calling it the only option in the face of a public health emergency. this evening, thousands of employees at the nation's largest bank are accused of using customers' information to open up new bank accounts for millions of americans without you even knowing. and putting some of the customers' money into new accounts, and then allegedly charging overdraft fees for the initial account. well, tonight here, a landmark fine $185 million. and rebecca jarvis is tracking
fargo under fire. thousands of employees at the bank accused of secretly using customer information and illegally opening more than 2 million savings and credit card accounts. to meet sales goals, bankers at branches across the country would temporarily siphon money from real bank accounts into those secret accounts, keeping customers in the dark. even creating phony e-mail addresses and fake pins to cover their tracks. customers who had no idea the money was gone were then charged overdraft feels. wells far g s fs fargo firing 5 employees in connection with the sw widespread, illegal scheme, that spans at least five years. telling abc news, "while we regret every interaction that was not handled properly, the number of instances and team members involved represent a very small portion of our business." >> wow, this is still stunning. rebecca with us now. and how do customers get their money back if they were overcharged? >> reporter: david, wells fargo expects to pay back as much as
they say, it will automatically go back in your account, if you were affected by this scam. >> all right, rebecca jarvis on your money tonight. rebec rebecca, thanks. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the prisoner making a stunning escape, and you'll see it right here. the murder suspect breaking out of this interrogation room. you can see surveillance cameras. why weren't police looking? how did this happen? also, the warning tonight about the smartphone battery igniting. the owner saying his whole suv went up in flames. and america strong tonight. look at this. the high school football players taking the field for the big game, but the big twist. the sudden surprise for this cheerleader, and you have got to hear the story behind this.
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bankert tonight. >> mr. perez, you are being held on one count of open murder. >> reporter: a 25-year-old murder suspect facing new charges after a brazen escape. in this just-released video, watch as alonzo perez, left alone by north las vegas detectives in this interrogation room, twists and breaks his metal handcuffs using his body weight. police checking on him moments later, but fail to notice he's broken free. while detectives left the room to do paperwork, in less than an hour, perez manages to climb out by his ankles. >> mistakes were made. we did have a video feed, a live feed, but nobody was monitoring. >> reporter: perez is also suspected of being the shooter in this july surveillance video, firing nine shots into this office, but hasn't been charged. he's currently a suspect in the death of 31-year-old mohammed robinson. robinson's sister, stunned at the news. >> you let this man escape. how is anybody supposed to feel safe right now? >> reporter: police officials
involved. adrienne bankert, abc news, los angeles. >> adrienne, thank you. when we come back tonight, ryan lochte's punishment, now revealed. that's coming up. also, the suv up in flames, right here. and the new warning about the smartphone battery. the owner says ignited it all. and tim tebow just got a new deal, trading football for a new sport. the major team signing him tonight. tonight. we'll be right back. lie down. stand up to chronic migraine... with botox?. botox? is the only treatment for chronic migraine shown to actually prevent headaches and migraines before they even start. botox? is for adults with chronic migraine, 15 or more headache days a month each lasting 4 hours or more. it's injected by a doctor once every 12 weeks. and is covered by most insurance. effects of botox? may spread hours to weeks after injection, causing serious symptoms. alert your doctor right away, as difficulty swallowing, speaking, breathing, eye problems,
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finally tonight here, america strong. the high school football team and the cheerleader who won the game before the first play. it was just before the big game in california. cheerleader ashley suddenly surprised. as each football player, all 57 of them, placed an orange rose at her feet. ashley was diagnosed with leukemia just last month. she's now undergoing treatment. and orange marks leukemia awareness. and it was all started by a friend on the team. >> she's part of the cougar family, so, i mean, why not let
has been viewed more than 13 million times. overwhelmed, ashley tweeting, "i don't know where i'd be without the support of my family, friends and, most importantly, my school." and as the team gets ready for another game tomorrow night, now, it's the opposing team. the seniors of red bluff high school tweeting out a message of their own tonight, asking their fans to wear orange to the game to support that cheerleader on the other side of the field. #ashleystrong. ashley str and thank you for watching here on a thursday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night.
[ cheering and applause there has been some serious excitement all day in denver. people showed up there broncos pride ahead of tooight's season opener. >> we are halfway -- we are getting close to kick off. >> fit -- football is back we are live at mile high. >> reporter: kickoff is about 20 minutes away here at mile high. crowded with a huge sea of orange. everyone wants to get an early because there is a celebration going on inside the cell of -- stadium. peyton manning will be there they will celebrate the rings and trophy and then move on to the game tonight. >> let's take a look after the last meeting there was confetti and the shiny trophy in the rings in peyton manning lifted the trophy and walked away.